Process Thinking, the Creation of Value, and Approaches to Ethics

Clare Palmer

in Environmental Ethics and Process Thinking

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269526
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683664 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Process Thinking, the Creation of Value, and Approaches to Ethics

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In his later philosophical endeavours, the fundamental concern of Whitehead veered away from moral philosophy and instead aimed at the construction of a new metaphysics. As such, a corresponding ethical system was only found to be secondary in his priorities. It is suggested by the secondary nature attributed to the ethics of this particular system that the details regarding both the source of value and Whitehead's ethical position is somehow unclear in spite of how Whitehead's process metaphysics has an evaluative structure. In this chapter, the author attempts to identify the different ways of generating value of Whitehead's system through studying the formation of the ‘entity’ or the ‘actual occasion’ and Whitehead's notion of God's nature.

Keywords: moral philosophy; new metaphysics; ethical system; Whitehead; entity; actual occasion; nature of God

Chapter.  11293 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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